LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – Family and friends are grieving the loss of three people killed after a car plunged into a pond in Lauderhill Sunday evening.
Family members say 22-year old Shaquille Barrow and his younger brother, 15-year old Tyrese died.
On social media, Barrow’s girlfriend wrote, “I never thought that the day I would lose you would be so soon. I still can’t believe that you are gone. Waking up this morning and not seeing you next to me, tore me apart on the inside.”
Grieving family members stopped at the crash site on Monday, visibly shaken.
Twenty-five year old Nathaniel Morgan was the third victim in the accident.
Lauderhill Fire Rescue said they responded to NW 44th Street and Inverrary Boulevard at around 8:00 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a witness.
Four men were in the car during the crash, according to Fire Rescue.
When crews arrived on scene, the car was fully submerged in the water. The driver, 24-year old DeShawn Prince, had managed to swim out on his own and was sitting on the embankment
“He indicated that the car had gone in the water and that it was possibly still occupied by at least three other people,” said Lauderhill police Lt. Greg Solowsky. “At that point our fire people went into rescue mode and entered the water.”
Lauderhill Fire Rescue said divers pulled the three others from the car. They estimate that they had been underwater for about 15 minutes. Two of the people, Barrow of Lauderhill and 25-year old Nathaniel Morgan of Pompano Beach, were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
“It’s tragic. The police department has a moral and legal obligation to make sure the family members who did lose somebody in the traffic incident last night do have some closure,” said Solowsky.
The third person pulled from the water, Tyrese was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He died Monday.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the driver to lose control of the car. They say no other cars were involved. The driver is cooperating.